Accordance Blog

How Tall Was Goliath? 1 Samuel 17:4 in the LXX & DSS

July 28, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — At church last Sunday, I taught from 1 Samuel 17, the chapter detailing the infamous battle between the young shepherd-boy-to-be-king, David, and the Philistine champion, Goliath. I’ve known the story since childhood. In fact, many who didn’t grow up attending religious services still know the basic story—that this young boy (probably an older teen in actuality) faced down this “giant” of an enemy and prevailed with no armor and only a sling in hand. Even today, we speak of facing down or overcoming “giants” when a seemingly impossible ...

Power Searches (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #145)

July 28, 2016 - Timothy Jenney — Accordance has an amazing number of ways to strengthen searches in Bibles and texts: Search Options, Search Conditions, and Search Commands. This podcast provides an overview of all of these and detailed information on the seven Connecting Commands, as well as the Style, Range, Field, and Count Commands. Become an Accordance Power User! See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!

Accordance Adventures in Japan

July 27, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — After visiting Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Seoul in our four-week "Accordance in Asia" Tour, Ryan Mudge and I headed to Japan. After one night in Narita, where the airport was located, we headed by train to the Japan Bible Seminary in Hamura, west of Tokyo. We arrived in time for the annual pastors conference which was being held at a Christian resort in Okutama-machi Nishitama-gun. This area is out in the countryside, and I have to admit that the region, which had mountains in every direction I looked, was just gorgeous. Certainly, ...

Seminary & Scholar Specials

July 26, 2016 - Accordance Bible Software — A new academic year is right around the corner -- how's your personal Accordance Library looking? Whether student or prof, now is the perfect time to save big on the tools you’ll need for Fall semester. If Septuagint studies are on your calendar, we’ve not only updated our Göttingen LXX offerings with the Ezekiel volume, we’ve also lowered prices on most titles. Plus, don’t miss our deep discounts on the Theological Dictionary of the Old and New Testaments as well as unbeatable deals on serious Greek and Hebrew resources for ...

Accordance for Windows/Mac Updated to 11.2.3

July 25, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — Fire up App Update-- Accordance for Windows and Mac has been updated to v. 11.2.3. This is a minor update including the following changes: Removed length cap when saving search ranges Easy Install will now download Atlas data updates if needed Added Portuguese localization of the Atlas Additional bug fixes and stability improvements. Accordance 11.2.3 can be downloaded from within the program by selecting "Check App Update" from the Utilities menu (Windows) or the Accordance menu (Macintosh). ...

Göttingen LXX: Update & Price Reduction!

July 25, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — The Septuagint (LXX) is the first known translation of the Bible. Beginning in approximately the 3rd century BC with the translation of the Pentateuch into Greek from the original Hebrew, the creation of the LXX spans three centuries and comprises all books of the Hebrew Bible, plus the books of the Deuterocanon/Apocrypha. The significance of the LXX cannot be overstated as nearly all quotations of the Old Testament by the New Testament writers as well as Josephus and Philo come from this translation. Even today, over 200 million Christians ...

Accordance Adventures in Korea

July 22, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — Around the first week of July, Ryan Mudge and I travelled to Seoul, South Korea, to represent Accordance at the International Society of Biblical Literature meetings. The ISBL meetings were held on the campus of Yonsei University, which is where we also took our lodgings in one of the university guest houses. The university campus was beautiful, vast, and the terrain was anything but flat. In fact, Ryan and I regularly joked that just going back and forth between the ISBL meetings and our guest house across campus was a journey ...

Take Class Notes in Accordance (7 Strategies for Students #1)

July 22, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — When I began my M.Div classes in the early '90s, laptops were a luxury most of us could not afford, and powerful Bible software like Accordance was non-existent (Accordance 1.0 was released in 1994). In class, I took my notes by hand with pencil and paper. Then, I went home and transcribed them onto my computer in Microsoft Word. Although this repittive method was actually a good way to reinforce what we had covered in class, it was also very time consuming. If I were a student taking classes today, I would simply create a User ...

Scripture to Sermon, Part 2 (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #144)

July 18, 2016 - Timothy Jenney — This is the second podcast in a two-part series on preparing a sermon from scratch. Resuming the process at studying the paragraph, Dr. J explains how to harvest the hard work of exegesis (the verse-by-verse study) to build an expository sermon. Novices and experienced preachers alike will appreciate this clear explanation of the sermon-building process. See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!

A Closer Look at the Orthodox Study Bible

July 15, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — This past Spring, we released the Orthodox Study Bible for the Accordance Library [see original announcement here]. I have known Theron Mathis, one of the contributors, for nearly two decades. In the interview below, I asked him about his involvement in the project and what he considers significant about the Orthodox Study Bible for all readers of Scripture. Theron, tell us a bit of your background and how you got involved with the Orthodox Study Bible project. I have two Religion degrees: a BA from Liberty University, where I ...

NEW! Beale's Revelation: A Shorter Commentary

July 11, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — For many Bible readers, Revelation can be the most challenging book of the New Testament. Not only does the reader face the regular historical and cultural challenges met with any book of the Bible, Revelation is also written in the apocalyptic genre, which is not very familiar to most modern readers. Thus, over the last two millennia, Revelation has easily spurred more schools of interpretation than perhaps any other portion of biblical writing. Almost two decades ago, one of the better commentaries on Revelation was released: Gregory ...

Accordance Adventures in the Philippines

July 08, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — After leaving Hong Kong, Ryan Mudge and I headed to the Philippines. Like Hong Kong, everyone we met in the Philippines—both locals and those originally from other countries—were friendly and gracious; but the cultures are very different. Our ride from the airport to our initial lodgings was only about 28 km, but it took three hours to get there! I had great admiration for our driver as it definitely took an entirely different skillset than anything I’ve ever had to do when driving back home. While in the Philippines, we also got to ...

Reading Scripture with the Reformers

July 04, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — Many Accordance users (myself included) will state that one of their favorite commentary series is the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. Today, we are releasing a “sequel series” (a term also used by InterVarsity Press), the Reformation Commentary on Scripture. No doubt, this series will also become a favorite as it offers a second means of “reading the Bible with the dead” (as first termed by General Editor John L. Thompson). Together with the previously released ACCS, the Reformation Commentary on Scripture (RCS) is “ ...

NEW! Feasting on the Word (22 volumes)

June 27, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — Today we are releasing all 22 volumes of the Feasting on the Word commentary series on the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) for the Accordance Digital Library. This incredible resource has been long requested by Accordance users and will be of interest to many beyond the clergy whose churches who follow the RCL. The American Heritage Dictionary defines feast as “a plentiful supply of something enjoyable, especially for the mind or senses.” That definition of feast perfectly describes the Feasting on the Word (FotW) series. For those who ...

Scripture to Sermon Part 1 (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #143)

June 25, 2016 - Timothy Jenney — Many pastors struggle to create sermons from scratch, with moving from a passage of Scripture to a finished sermon. In this podcast Dr. J details the entire process, step-by-step, showing the decisions that one must make, the points at which prayer and reflection are especially important, and how to integrate Accordance effectively into one’s workflow.

Accordance Adventures in Hong Kong

June 24, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — Earlier this week, we began our month-long Accordance Tour of Asia. Over the next four weeks, we are making multiple presentations in Hong Kong, the Philippines, South Korea and Japan. I am giving various Accordance seminars in these areas along with my trusty sidekick, Ryan Mudge who offers sales and support. Our first stop was Hong Kong. On Monday of this week, we held an all-day Accordance Training Seminar at Hong Kong Baptist Theological Seminary. Anyone from the area could attend, and it was exciting to interact with ...

Of Apes and Ethics

June 13, 2016 - David Lang — THE AGE IN WHICH WE LIVE We seem to live in an age of moral outrage—at least judging from the amount of moralizing we see on our social media feeds. It seems that every day I see a new outrage-du-jour: a politician says something foolish, political demonstrators behave badly, a rapist gets a scandalously light sentence, or an endangered gorilla is shot to protect the life of a child who climbed into its zoo enclosure. Each source of outrage then gets debated in staccato 140-character bursts. In the case of Harambe, the aforementioned ...

Introducing Construct Searches (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #142)

June 10, 2016 - Timothy Jenney — Construct Searches are a unique, Accordance-exclusive graphical interface for complex searches. Once we understand the concept, they are actually easier to use than regular searches! In podcast, Dr. J introduces this feature for those interested in searching Bibles and texts, including Greek and Hebrew grammatically-tagged texts. [Accordance 11.2: Intermediate] See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!

NEW! (Relatively Speaking) The Living Bible

June 06, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — If you’re old enough, you remember the unmistakable dark green padded hardcovers of the Living Bible. My father had one; my grandmother had one, too. For a generation or so, they seemed to be everywhere; and they were distinctive when read aloud back in a day that was still dominated by the King James Version. Long-requested by our users, we’re pleased to announce the Living Bible available for the Accordance Library beginning today. It's about time! The Living Bible was the brainchild of Kenneth Taylor who created the paraphrase from ...

NEW! The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible

June 06, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — Available, beginning today, for the Accordance Library, the highly acclaimed Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible (44 volumes) is a comprehensive resource for expository and topical preaching! Popularly identified simply as POSB, this well-known resource provides an extensive verse-by-verse outline and commentary of the entire Bible, organizing key points of Scripture passages in a systematic outline form, along with content synthesized from 200+ Bible commentaries, language sources, and reference works. Each volume of the ...

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